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Northeastern Illinois University

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What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I had known the exact credits that would be accepted through my transfer from the previous junior college that I attended. I just felt that I wasted a semester or two of schooling through taking classes that apparently do not count towards my degree and my degree earning program. I suppose it is my fault for not reading into the coursework and transfer policies sooner. I was not quite sure what I wanted to do as a career. However, now, I have a plan, career path, and an institution where I can accomplish my goals and dreams.

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Before I came to this school, I wish I had known that there were many more choices than being able to become a teacher. There are several different majors as well as minors to choose from that I could have considered. However, I cannot complain because the advisors were wonderful to explain it all during orientation. Also, that it's a commuter school and that we have a lack in U-Passes for our public commute and absolutely no dorms or housing for students that live off campus.

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Well, first If had known that in college you have to write many essays all the time, I would have payed more attention to my english teacher. Also I wish I had known that there was nothing to worry about college; for instance, I used to worry to much about not doing good in college because english was my second language. But now that i am in college I know that there are many people there to help me with all my assigments.

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Before I came to Northeastern I wish I knew what I wanted to do for a career. When I applied for different colleges it was really difficult becuase I did not know what to base it on. Northeastern ended up being a good choice since I am going to go into art education. I would have liked to know more about which classes I had to take and what they would be like and if the departments were in good shape or not.

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Choosing classes is difficult because when there are different teachers teaching the same class, and the material to be learned is not the same for each teacher. I wish I had known that I had to pull out loans for the entire school year and not just each semester. I also wished I had known that I could not pull out loans when I wanted so that I would not have to wait a whole semester to pull out another loan.

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I wish I had known all the oppurtunities for scholarships and grants ahead of time. It seems like colleges don't just automatically give you information, you have to go on a scavenger hunt for them, and sometimes by the time you find what your looking for, you will have missed the deadine.

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I did not know much about NEIU before attending, except that it had a great program for teacher certification. I am glad I did not know too much, because it made my experience that much more fun when I got to know more about the campus and faculty.

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Make sure that if you are transferring that your classes will be accepted. NEIU will easily add a semester to your college career by not accepting one class and having it be a pre-req for all of your major courses.

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I wish that I would have known more about the age range of the students attending school. I am a non-traditional student and the majority of the student body is quite a bit younger than myself.

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I wish i had known that there was a lot of different scholarships offered, so that i could get started on them right away.

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